Thematic Transformation: Definition & Methods


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In the simplest terms, a leitmotif is a _____.

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1. In which of these processes do the pitches of the melody NOT change when transformed?


Imagine that these notes create a melody: C, C, G, G, A, A, G.

Which of the following would represent a retrograde transformation of this melody?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Thematic transformation and some of its methods will be the focus of this quiz/worksheet. Multiple-choice questions will address the definition of a leitmotif and a type of process in which the pitch of a melody does not change when transformed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll have to remember the following points during the quiz:

  • Retrograde transformation of a melody
  • The way a melody can be affected by a diminution
  • Usefulness of thematic transformation

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of a diminution and its connection to melody
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define a leitmotif
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a process in which a melody's pitch stays the same when transformed and the retrograde transformation of a melody
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the usefulness of a thematic transformation

Additional Learning

More information is available in the lesson titled Thematic Transformation: Definition & Methods. You'll be learning about these topics:

  • The use of the same musical structure in new ways
  • Changing notes by the same ratio
  • Transformation through a key change
  • Breaking up a leitmotif with fragmentation